Monday, September 6, 2010

Your Fall TV Schedule for 2010!

What you should be watching this fall.... Part 1

I will be watching all these when they premiere, and I will give my opinions on all the winners and losers.

Monday:

8pm--- 90210 The CW Season Three is senior year at West Bev for the cast and the season begins with an earthquake. Someone doesn't fare so well by the time it's over (my money is on Javier not making it through the quake). This season is also about the fall of a group of friends, the demise of a family, the start of one relationship and the end of another.

The questions left from last season: Did Naomi get raped? And if so, is she pressing charges or will another young woman fall victim to Mr. Cannon. Are Ivy and Dixon still together and for how long? Who is coming out this season? Producers say it's Silver's boyfriend Teddy. What bad choice does Adrianna make and how does it affect her various relationships? Are Annie and Liam going to be this season's "it" couple?

Who is coming this season: The Kardashians guest star, Mekia Cox is coming back as Dixon's ex Sasha on Oct. 4th, Blair Redford joins the cast as Oscar; he proves to be a thorn in Dixon's side when it comes to his relationship with Ivy. Adrien Grenier guests with his band the Honey Brothers on the Sept. 27th episode as the musical act at Naomi's 18th Birthday. Evan Ross will guest star as Liam's half brother Charlie and he will be part of a Liam, Annie, Charlie triangle.

9pm--- There are a few choices at this time slot: Gossip Girl on the CW, Lonestar on FOX, and The Event on NBC.

Gossip Girl the CW
How it all ended last season: Season three ended with Chuck bleeding on the street in Prague, Blair and Serena leaving to spend the summer in Paris, Nate on the rebound following a break up with Serena, and Dan finding out he fathered Georgina's bun in the oven.

How will it begin: Season four ! Dan and Vanessa are supposedly not over, even though he fathered Georgina's child. Blair still has no idea what happened to Chuck. Serena doesn't know whether or not to go back to Dan or Nate. Nate deals with unresolved feelings for Serena after meeting Juliet who is equally intriguing.

Who is coming this season: Project Runway's Tim Gunn makes an October appearance, Sam Page joins the show as Serena's new love interest and this guy is "different" from all the others she has dated. Katie Cassidy, one of the only good parts of the new Melrose Place, joins the cast in the season premiere as Juliet Sharp. She is a student at Columbia and Nate's new love interest; she does have some secrets though, but then again, doesn't everyone on Gossip Girl.

Lonestar on FOX
The Premise: "Bob/Robert Allen (James Wolk) is a charismatic and brilliant schemer who has meticulously constructed two lives" in two different parts of Texas. "He's juggling two identities and two women in two very different worlds - all under one mountain of lies". (Source: The official website for Lonestar)

As Bob he lives in Houston and is married to Cat, and he works for Cat's father Clint Thatcher, patriarch of a rich Texas oil family. His plan is to establish himself in the family business and then clean it out.

As Robert, he lives in Midland (400 miles away) and is the boyfriend of an unassuming young woman named Lindsay.

Bob/Robert begins to fear the cops are closing in on him... how long can he get away with this scheme? Realistically, how long can this show stay afloat? Watch and see.

The Cast
James Wolk as Robert/Bob Allen
Eloise Mumford as Lindsay
David Keith as John Allen
Adrianne Palicki (Tyra on Friday Night Lights)as Cat Thatcher
Mark Deklin as Trammell Thatcher
Bryce Johnson as Drew Thatcher
Jon Voight (Angie's Dad) as Clint Thatcher

The Event on NBC
The Premise: "The Event is an emotional, high-octane conspiracy thriller that follows Sean Walker (Jason Ritter, "The Class"), an everyman who investigates the mysterious disappearance of his would-be fiancée Leila (Sarah Roemer, "Disturbia"), and unwittingly begins to expose the biggest cover-up in U.S. history". (Source: The official website for The Event)

The Cast
Jason Ritter as Sean Walker- a normal guy investigating the disappearance of his would be fiancee Leila
Blair Underwood as Elias Martinez- the President of the United States, know nothing about this cover-up and is moral and idealistic; proud of his Afro Cuban roots
Zeljko Ivanek as Blake Sterling- the Director of National Intelligence, often at odds with President Martinez
Laura Innes as Sophia Maguire- the charismatic leader and spokesperson of the mysterious detainees at the Mount Inostranka facility in ???
Sarah Roemer as Leila Buchanan- Sean's would be fiancee and possibly at the center of this cover-up but why?
Ian Anthony Dale as Simon Lee- the CIA Operative on a special assignment handling all security issues related to the detainees at the Mount Inostranka facility.
Scott Patterson as Michael Buchanan- Leila's father
Bill Smitrovich as Raymond Jarvis- the Vice President of the United States currently working on a classified project with Sterling.
Lisa Vidal as Christina Martinez- the President's wife; there is nothing she wouldn't do for their seven year old son.
Taylor Cole as Vicky Roberts- a socialite, jet-setter, and New York party-girl

10pm--- You have your choice of two crime dramas....

Hawaii Five O on CBS
Premise: Simple! It's a contemporary take on the classic crime fighting series about a special task force assembled to keep Hawaii safe.
Detective Steve McGarrett (Alex O'Loughlin), a decorated Naval officer turned cop, returns to Oahu to investigate his father's murder and stays after Hawaii's governor persuades him to head up the new team: his rules, her backing, no red tape and full blanket immunity to hunt down the biggest "game" in town. Joining McGarrett is Detective Danny "Danno" Williams (Scott Caan), a newly relocated ex-New Jersey cop who prefers skyscrapers to the coastline but is committed to keeping the Islands safe for his 8-year-old daughter; and Chin Ho Kelly (Daniel Dae Kim), an ex-Honolulu Police Detective wrongly accused of corruption and relegated to a federal security patrol, who is also a former protege of McGarrett's father. Chin's cousin, Kono (Grace Park), is a beautiful and fearless native, fresh out of the academy and eager to establish herself among the department's elite. (Source: the official website for Hawaii Five O)

The Cast
Alex O'Laughlin as Steve McGarrett
Scott Caan as Danny "Danno" Williams
Daniel Dae Kim as Chin Ho Kelly
Grace Park as Kono Kalakaua


Chase on NBC
Premise: Kelli Giddish ("Past Life") stars as U.S. Marshal Annie Frost, a cowboy boot-wearing deputy whose sharp mind and unique Texas upbringing help her track down violent criminals on the run. Starring as the members of Frost's elite team are Cole Hauser ("K-Ville") as Jimmy Godfrey, an East Texas kid who never grew up and is a true American cowboy; Amaury Nolasco ("Prison Break") who plays Marco Martinez, a good intelligence guy who loves to talk; and Rose Rollins ("The L Word"), who portrays Daisy Ogbaa, a weapons/tactical specialist and a woman of few words. Rounding out the cast is Jesse Metcalfe ("Desperate Housewives"), who stars as Luke Watson, the fresh-faced newcomer whose Washington, D.C. upbringing did little to prepare him for the Lone Star State. (Source: the official website for Chase)


The Cast
Kelli Giddish as Annie Frost
Cole Hauser as Jimmy Godfrey
Amaury Nolasco as Marco Martinez
Rose Rollins as Daisy Ogbaa
Jesse Metcalf as Luke Watson

Tuesday:

8pm---

Glee on FOX
Get ready for Britney Spears episode; she will appear as herself. This year Finn is all about Rachel. Puck vies for Quinn's affections, but she can't decide between Finn and Puck. Tina, Artie, and another Asian in a triangle?

Who is coming this season? John Stamos will enter as a love interest for Emma.

9pm--- Who cares time slot, I guess I will go out on Tuesday nights.

10pm--- In the 10pm time slot, we have a returning favorite in "The Good Wife" and a gritty police drama in "Detroit 1-8-7"

Detroit 1-8-7 on ABC
Premise: Detective Louis Fitch is a wily homicide vet who is the most respected—and most misunderstood—man in the division; Detective Damon Washington, Fitch's new partner, who finds the first day on the job is a trial by fire, complicated by the imminent birth of his first child; Detective Ariana Sanchez, sexy, edgy and beautiful, who has emerged from a rough background to become a rising star in the department; Narcotics undercover cop John Stone, a streetwise smooth talker, clever and quick with a smile made for the movies, who is teamed with Sanchez—a combustible pairing rife with conflict and sexual tension; Sergeant Jesse Longford, a 30-year veteran struggling with his impending retirement from the force and the city he loves, who, together with his partner, Detective Aman Mahajan—a fully Americanized son of Indian immigrants—form an amusing mismatch of experience and enthusiasm, intellect and instinct, old school and new world, but whose combined skills have never encountered a case that couldn't be cleared; and all are headed by Lieutenant Maureen Mason, a strong-willed single mom struggling to balance home and work. (Source: the official website for Detroit 1-8-7)

The Cast
Natalie Martinez as Det. Ariana Sanchez- 2 years experience, partnered with Det. Stone
Jon Michael Hill as Det. Damon Washington- the rookie, partnered with Det. Fitch
D.J. Controna as Det. John Stone- 1 year experience
Michael Imperioli as Det. Louis Fitch- 10 years experience
Shaun Majumder as Det. Vickram Mahajan- 7 years experience, partnered with Sgt. Longford
Aisha Hinds as Lt. Maureen Mason- 15 years experience
James McDaniel as Sgt. Jesse Longford- 24 years experience

The Good Wife on CBS

What's new this season: Michael Ealy of FlashForward joins the cast as the head of the law firm that merges with Lockhart & Gardner. Scott Porter from Friday Night Lights will play Blake, a private investigator who crosses path - professionally and personally - with Kalinda (Archie Punjabi). Michael J. Fox will guest star as a lawyer that goes up against Alicia. Cary got fired at the end of last season, and he will be out for revenge when he goes up against Alicia in court.

What isn't new this season: Alicia's feelings for both Peter and Will; what's a girl to do?

Wednesday:

8pm--- You can watch the returning America's Next Top Model on the CW or newcomer Undercovers on NBC.

Undercovers on NBC
Premise: Outwardly, Steven Bloom (Boris Kodjoe, "Tyler Perry's Madea's Family Vacation," "Soul Food,") and his wife, Samantha (Gugu Mbatha-Raw, "Dr. Who," "Bonekickers"), are a typical married couple who own and operate a small catering company in Los Angeles - with help from Samantha's easily frazzled handful of a sister, Lizzy (Mekia Cox, "90210," "This Is It"). Secretly, the duo were two of the best spies the CIA had ever known, until they fell in love on the job five years ago and retired.

When fellow spy and good friend Leo Nash (Carter MacIntyre, "American Heiress," "Nip/Tuck") goes missing while on the trail of a Russian arms dealer, the Blooms are reinstated by boss and agency liaison, Carlton Shaw (Gerald McRaney, "Deadwood," "Jericho"), to locate and rescue Nash.

With assistance from resourceful CIA field agent Bill Hoyt (Ben Schwartz, "Parks and Recreation," "Bronx World Travelers"), whose professional admiration for Steven isn't hard to miss, the pair is thrust back into the world of espionage, disguises and hand-to-hand combat.

Following leads that take them to cities spanning the globe, Steven and Samantha quickly realize that perhaps this supercharged, undercover lifestyle provides exactly the kind of excitement and romance that their marriage has been missing.
(Source: the official website for Undercovers)

The Cast
Boris Kodjoe as Steven Bloom
Gugu Mbatha Raw as Samantha Bloom
Gerald McRaney as Carlton Shaw
Carter MacIntyre as Leo Nash

9pm--- On Wednesday's 9pm time slot you can either watch a couple of funny sitcoms, both returning for their second season or you can watch a veteran drama on NBC.

Modern Family on ABC

Spoilers:
The newly annointed Best Comedy Series by the Emmy's is back for a second season. Look for Nathan Lane to show up as a guest star as Cameron and Mitchell's gay friend. Cameron's mom will come to visit before Thanksgiving to see the baby and will get a little too comfortable with their home. Hayley breaks up with her boyfriend Dylan but dad Phil continues to see Dylan behind Hayley's back. Manny gets a girlfriend and Gloria is jealous because she is no longer the only woman in Manny's life. The Dunphy kids walk in on their mom and dad in an intimate moment.


Cougartown on ABC

Spoilers:
Laurie's boyfriend Smith is sticking around this season. Courteney Cox's friend Jennifer Aniston will be appearing on the season premiere as Jules' shrink Bonnie. They are hoping Aniston will make several appearances over the course of the season.

Law & Order: SVU

Who's Coming: Henry Ian Cusick from Lost comes on for a few episodes as Eric Weber, a graphic artist who flirts with Benson. Paula Patton joins the cast as Assistant Attorney Mikka Von. Gloria Reuben will appear in the season's fourth episode as U.S. attorney Christine Danielson. Christine Lahti will return in the ninth episode as ADA Sonya Paxton; her character comes back clean from alcohol addiction. Rumor has it she faces off with Stabler. In Law & Order: SVU's September 29 episode Det. Benson leaves New York for Los Angeles, where she joins forces with Skeet Ulrich's Det. Rex Winters—the central character in the new Law & Order: Los Angeles (which debuts that night at 10/9c, on NBC).

10pm--- In this time slot, you can change between three new law dramas.

The Whole Truth on ABC

The Premise: This unique legal drama chronicles the way a case is built from the perspective of both the defense and prosecution. Showing each side equally keeps the audience guessing, shifting allegiances and opinions on guilt or innocence until the very final scene.

The series stars Maura Tierney (Abby on ER) as Kathryn Peale Deputy Bureau Chief in the New York State District Attorney's office, and Rob Morrow as Jimmy Brogan a criminal attorney.

The Cast
Rob Morrow as Jimmy Brogan
Maura Tierney as Kathryn Peale
Eamonn Walker as Senior ADA Terrence 'Edge' Edgecomb
Sean Wing as Chad Griffin
Christine Adams as Lena Gaudet
Anthony Ruivivar as Alejo Salazar

The Defenders on CBS
The Premise: THE DEFENDERS is a drama about two colorful Las Vegas defense attorneys: Nick Morelli, an earnest, hard-charging attorney who represents his clients to the best of his ability, no matter how big or small the case; and his partner, Pete Kaczmarek, whose passion for the law is matched only by his love of fast cars, beautiful women and expensive clothes. Joining them in their growing law practice is new associate Lisa Tyler, an enthusiastic young attorney looking to put her exotic dancing days behind her; and their young assistant, Zoe Waters, a spunky and sweet ingénue who is eager to please her bosses. Pete is busy cruising the Vegas Strip for his latest romantic conquest, and Nick is focused on repairing a fractured marriage to his estranged wife and remaining present in the life of their young son.
(Source: the official website for The Defenders)

The Cast
Jim Belushi as Nick Morelli
Jerry O'Connell as Pete Kaczmarek
Jurnee Smollet as Lisa Tyler
Tanya Fischer as Zoe Waters

Law & Order: Los Angeles on NBC

The Premise: The drama follows Detectives Rex Winters (Skeet Ulrich, "Jericho") and Tomas "TJ" Jarusalski (Corey Stoll, "Midnight in Paris") as they pursue cases through the diverse City of Angels. As members of the Los Angeles Police Department's elite Robbery Homicide Division, Winters is a straight-shooting ex-Marine with a clear-cut worldview as stubborn as he is, while TJ, who grew up the son of an Oscar-winning Polish cinematographer, knows too well the dark underside that is behind-the-scenes Hollywood.

Deputy District Attorney Morales (Alfred Molina, "En Education," "The Da Vinci Code," "Spiderman 2") is a sarcastic realist who believes moral righteousness is great in theory, but ineffective in a street fight. Though he knows how to manipulate both his public image and the behind-the-scenes politics, he's still a killer in the courtroom who lives to see justice served. (Source: the official website for Law & Order: LA

The Cast
Megan Boone as Lauren Gardner
Regina Hall as Evelyn Price
Terrence Howard as Jonah "Joe" Dekker
Alfred Molina as Peter Morales
Corey Stoll as Tomas "TJ" Jaruszalski
Skeet Ulrich as Rex Winters

Thursday:

8pm--- This time slot features a newcomer and a returning favorite.

My Generation on ABC
The Premise: A documentary crew follows around a group of seniors in high school in the year 2000. We flash forward to ten years later to see what they have become.

The Cast
Julian Morris as Anders Holt
Daniella Alonso as Brenda Serrano
Anne Son as Caroline Chung
Kelli Garner as Dawn Barbuso
Jamie King as Jackie Vachs
Keir O'Donnell as Kenneth Finley
Mehcad Brooks as Rolly Marks
Michael Stahl David as Steven Foster
Sebastian Sozzi as The Falcon

The Vampire Diaries on the CW
Spoilers: Does Caroline turn into a vampire thanks to Elena's double, the evil Katherine? Bonnie deals with her newfound witch powers, but can she deal with the Salvatore brothers? Damon and Stefan both vie for Elena's affections over the course of the entire season. Damon also must deal with the fact that neither Katherine or Elena has feelings for him, but both are in love with Stefan. Jeremy grows up a lot this season. Tyler struggles with some changes taking place in his body, is he a werewolfe? Or maybe his uncle Mason is?

9pm---

Nikita on the CW
The Premise: When she was a deeply troubled teenager, Nikita (Maggie Q, "Live Free or Die Hard," "Mission Impossible 3") was rescued from death row by a secret U.S. agency known only as Division, who faked her execution and told her she was being given a second chance to start a new life and serve her country. What they didn't tell her was that she was being trained as a spy and assassin. Throughout her grueling training at Division, Nikita never lost her humanity, even falling in love with a civilian. When her fiancé was murdered, Nikita realized she had been betrayed and her dreams shattered by the only people she thought she could trust, so she did what no one else before her had been able to do: she escaped. Now, after three years in hiding, Nikita is seeking retribution and making it clear to her former bosses that she will stop at nothing to expose and destroy their covert operation. (Source: the official website for Nikita)

Cast
Maggie Q as Nikita
Shane West as Michael
Lyndsy Fonseca as Alex
Aaron Stanford as Birkhoff
Melinda Clarke as Amanda
Tiffany Hines as Jaden
Xander Berkeley as Percy

10pm---

The Apprentice on NBC
The original Apprentice is back and Donald Trump offers a second chance for 16 contestants hurt by the recent recession. (Source: the official website for The Apprentice.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Some of my Favorite Things

These are some of my favorite things........ I am sharing because I love them so much that I want everyone else to love them too.


This summer I discovered Zoya nail polish at my local salon. The amazing thing about Zoya, besides the color palette is that it is the longest lasting nail polish on the market and boasts a toluene, formaldehyde, DBP (phthalates) and camphor free formula that is also vegan friendly. A friend and I became so obsessed that we started picking colors for one another; we even ordered more than once. Stock up cause they're only $7.00 a bottle, much less than designer brands but much better than designer brands.





find it at www.zoya.com

I seriously love the notebooks from oh joy! They are feminine and unique, and I would love to carry one around in my handbag because they're just so beautiful.




find them at http://www.ohjoy.com/shop/all/

I recently discovered Gala wine glasses at Crate & Barrel; I asked an employee there if they would have them for a few more months and she said, oh they're not going away, we've had them for over ten years. These glasses are classic; I love them.



find these at www.crateandbarrel.com

Calligraphy Stamps by Primele: when I discovered these while browsing of etsy, I knew I was in love. These stamps may look ordinary but they are anything but ordinary. Available in three different designs, you can personalize your own return address stamp for all your special mail. They are available in three different designs: script ($59.00), curl ($62.00), and floral script ($64.00). I will order one before the year is out!



Find these at http://www.etsy.com/shop/Primele ;)

Voluspa Candles have been a favorite of mine for a long time; I stand in stores that sell them smelling the various scents and taking it all in. I like so many of them but my favorite is Olive Leaf Vervaine!



Pick your favorite at www.voluspa.com!

Monday, August 16, 2010

So You Think You Can Dance Season 7!

These are all my favorite dances from Season 7! There were so many great ones, and it was hard to choose a Top 10 or Top 20 dances so I decided to just pick all my favorites and briefly tell you why.

Week 1

Cristina and Mark danced a jazz routine by Sonya Tayek to Starstuck by Santigold--- why was it amazing? because Nigel said she danced tremendously and Mark brought out the best in her. Mia said she was partnered with the best and was proud of her for how well she did. Adam said he was stunned and didn't think it was going to work as well as it did.
http://www.rickey.org/?p=43352

Alex and Allison danced a contemporary routine by Sonya Tayek to Hallelujah by Jeff Buckley--- why was it amazing? one reason it that the judges were on their feet in week 1! Nigel told Alex he set a new standard for So You Think You Can Dance. Mia said it was the best ever. Adam said the dancers upped the choreographers game.
http://www.rickey.org/?p=43313

Robert and Courtney danced an African routine by Sean Cheesman to Norweg by Cirque Du Soliel--- why was it amazing? Robert Roldan grew arguably more than any other dancer on SYTYCD this season, and this was just the beginning of his greatness. Adam called him one of the best contemporary dancers.
http://www.rickey.org/?p=43343

Week 2

Adechike and Allison danced a contemporary routine by Mandy Moore to Listen to Your Heart by DHT--- why was it amazing? Nigel saw major improvement in this young man who he said does not interrupt emotion with steps. Adam said he dances with so much passion.
http://www.rickey.org/?p=43947

Ashley and Mark danced a contemporary routine by Travis Wall to Wonderful by Annie Lennox--- why was it amazing? Mia called Ashley one of he fave girls in the competition. Adam likes how she completely loses herself in the music.
http://www.rickey.org/?p=43957

Lauren and Dominic danced a lyrical hip hop routine by Tessandra Chavez to If I Were a Boy by Beyonce--- why was it amazing? Mia called it an outstanding performance from both dancers. Adam commented that Lauren took his notes.
http://www.rickey.org/?p=43982

Week 3

Adechike and Lauren danced a hip hop routine by Dave Scott to Hot N Fun by N.E.R.D. and Nelly Furtado--- why was it amazing? Nigel said that Dave Scott brought something out of Adechike; natural swagger, natural fun, and personality. Adam gave him a standing ovation for listening and learning.
http://www.rickey.org/?p=44534

Ashley and Ade danced a contemporary routine by Dee Caspary to Cosmic Love by Florence + The Machine--- why was it amazing? Because Ashley developed her choreography, and Mia said she was a cut above all the other female dancers in the competition. Adam called her one of the best ever female contemporary dancers to appear on SYTYCD.
http://www.rickey.org/?p=44543

Robert and Courtney danced a jazz routine by Sonya Tayek to XXXO by MIA--- why was it amazing? Adam called it an engaged and committed performance nailed complete with punctuation on all the right places.
http://www.rickey.org/?p=44547

Jose and Anya danced a Samba routine by Dmitry Chaplin to Long Time by Shakira--- why was it amazing? Nigel said that Jose possesses a smile and charisma that no one can teach; he has magic in his eyes. He also said that Jose controlled Anya in the routine. Mia called him humble, open, and joyful.
http://www.rickey.org/?p=44577

Alex and Twitch danced a hop hop routine by Tabitha and Napoleon to Outta Your Mind by Lil Jon-- why was it amazing? Well for one, it was arguably one of the best performances in SYTYCD history! And now I have to quote the judges:
Adam Shankman: This is your world and I’m just visiting.
Mia Michaels: Who the hell are you? You have defied everything about the ballet world. I am completely shocked.
Nigel Lythgoe: To Nappy Tabs: The best routine you’ve ever done on the show. At the end of the day this is a ballet dancer doing the most incredible hip-hop routine.
http://www.rickey.org/?p=44591 and this version has all the amazing comments--- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-V0aNyY_ei0&feature=related

Week 4

Lauren and Pasha danced a cha cha by Jean Marc Genereux and France to Telephone by Lady Gaga and Beyonce--- why was it amazing? Mia called her hot. Adam said she was sharp, specific, and strong.
http://www.rickey.org/?p=45357

Jose and Lauren danced a contemporary routine by Mandy Moore to Never Tear Us Apart by INXS--- why was it amazing? I felt like this was one of the most real performances of the season. Nigel asked Jose how it felt dancing with Lauren, and he said it felt amazing. Nigel told him he accepted the challenge of SYTYCD and he delivered tonight and brings so much joy. Mia told Jose she believed every step he took and there was so little ego. Adam said he is one of the most beloved contestants on the show.
http://www.rickey.org/?p=45360

Kent and Comfort danced a hip hop routine by Dave Scott to You're Not My Girl by Ryan Leslie--- why was it amazing? Nigel liked that the routine suited Kent's style. It was Justin Timberlake-esque.
http://www.rickey.org/?p=45363

Ashley and Dominic danced a hip hop routine by Tabitha and Napoleon to How Low by Ludacris--- why was it amazing? Nigel called it a strong performance, Mia called her hardcore, and Adam said she was a contender to win this.
http://www.rickey.org/?p=45372

Lauren and Kent danced a contemporary routine by Travis Wall to Collide by Howie Day--- why was it amazing? Nigel said for three reasons, one, it showed what a great contemporary dancer Lauren is. Two, it showed what a great contemporary dancer Kent is. Three, it showed what a great contemporary choreographer Travis is. Mia called it stunning, gorgeous, there was a connection, and technique. Adam felt it was so real that he shouldn't be watching.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kf1t7VJ1jX4

Week 5

Adechike and Anya danced a salsa routine by Liz Lira and Danny Davalos to Oyelo Que Te Conviene by Eddie Palmieri--- why was it amazing? I saw tricks I have never seen before. Mia, of all people, thought it was amazing. Anya called it the fastest salsa she has never seen. Adam called his performance great and said he was there for Anya every second.
http://www.rickey.org/?p=45985

Robert and Allison danced a contemporary routine by Travis to Fix You by Coldplay--- why was it amazing? The judges gave a standing ovation and Nigel said if people don't vote for Robert there is something wrong. It was a perfect routine with the perfect choreographer with one of the best dancers ever on SYTYCD. Mia said, Robert you were stellar, and this took me back to when my mom was sick. Adam said Travis, if you don't get an Emmy nomination for this; there is no God. Adam said it will definitely be one of these performances of the season.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xnguqsMQmg4

Billy and Anya danced a jive by Louis Van Amstel to Paradise by the Dashboard Light by Meatloaf--- why was it amazing? One of the judges used the phrase "sex bomb" and Billy, for the first time, really connected with a female dancer. Adam called it his fave Billy performance thus far.
http://www.rickey.org/?p=45998

Kent and Neil danced a Broadway routine by Tyce DiOrio to Shoeless Joe from Hannibal Moe from Damn Yankees--- why was it amazing? Firstly, this is not the first time this magic duo comes together; these two dancers are so perfectly matched. Mia exclaimed, I love boys! It was great entertaining, strong male dancing; I loved everything about it. Adam said they both have a great future in Broadway. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vcuMU7Mu24c

Lauren and Billy danced a jazz routine by Mandy Moore to Boogie Shoes by KC and the Sunshine Band--- why was it amazing? Because it was another adorable Mandy Moore routine; it was so cute and so retro. Nigel said, Billy you really connected with your partner and jazz fits you. Mia said coolest thing ever. Adam said, Lauren the guys have something to be scared of.
http://www.rickey.org/?p=46010

Jose and Dominic danced a B-Boy routine by Tabitha and Napoleon to Battle for the Beat by District 78--- why was it amazing? Adam said, Jose, that's how you compete. You just came out and schooled us, that was mad hot!
http://www.rickey.org/?p=46015

Adechike and Kent danced a contemporary routine by Dee Capary to You Only Disappear by Tom McRae--- why was it amazing? Mia said their vulnerability and power combines make for an amazing marriage. She said, Adechike, Desmond Richardson will be so proud of you, and Kent, I am so in love with you. Adam said a super athlete can be a super artist.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-mJ54esz_eE

Week 6

Lauren and Twitch danced a hip hop routine by Tabitha and Napoleon to My Chick Bad my Ludacris--- why was it amazing? Adam said who are you? And Mia said, you were so aggressive, but you maintained your sexiness throughout. Guest judge Kenny Ortega said, Lauren, you could power Los Angeles.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ISmrcuPDaL8

Kent and Kathryn danced a jazz routine by Sonya Tayek to Tightrope by Janelle Monae--- why was it amazing? Kenny called Kent the guy to beat. Nigel said, Kent you may have just outdanced an all star.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JTSmadlLsBQ&feature=related

Adechike and Comfort danced a lyrical hip hop routine by Tabitha and Napoleon to Fallin by Alicia Keys--- why was it amazing? Adam said it was so intense, beautiful, and horifying. Adam also added that it was unbelievable for a contemporary dancer to dance a hop hop routine like that. Mia said it was like a dance film and that Adechike has so much in him and let so much of it out on that floor. She said we got to see who you really are Adechike, and Comfort you are the Mary J. Blige of dance.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5McyQQ29X5A

Kent and Twitch danced a step routine by Chuck Maldonado to ProNails by Kid Sister--- why was it amazing? Nigel said Kent has combated everything thrown at him. Mia said they have amazing chemistry together and that it was disgusting, filthy, gross, and amazing.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p1gY183d_z0

Week 7

Robert and Kathryn danced a contemporary routine by Stacey Tookey to Heaven is a Place on Earth by Kate Thompson--- why was it amazing? Nigel loved the emotional connectivity and Robert's maturity and growth. Adam said the way they supported each other was amazing.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZB-cUTCy70

Billy and Ade danced a contemporary routine by Stacey Tookey to Mad World by Michael Andrews--- why was it amazing? The judges gave a standing ovation. Nigel said it was the most maturity he has ever seen from Billy. Guest judge Toni Redpath said it was two amazing dancers with contrast and performances that transcended dance. Mia said it was sheer perfection and thanked Stacey Tookey for keeping her on her toes. Adam told Billy it's like he was born on the show.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qp1odkX7RPE

Jose and Kent danced a Broadway routine by Spencer Liff to From This Moment On from Kiss me Kate--- why was it amazing? Mia said friggin fantabulous and she wants Kent to do this kind of dancing forever.
http://www.rickey.org/?p=47280

Week 8

Lauren and Pasha danced an Argentine Tango by Miriam Larici and Leonardo Barrionuevo to Oblivion by Astor Piazzolla--- why was it amazing? Nigel said the passion and the intensity was incredible. Nigel said he wanted to dance with Pasha and it was overall magnificent. Mia said the choregraphy was amazing and the dance itself was mesmerizing.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E81hcQQRm5s

Robert and Dominic danced a hip hop routine by Tabitha and Napoleon to Scars by Basement Jaxx--- why was it amazing? Nigel found it hard to critique Robert and thought it was brilliant. Mia called it dope. Adam called Robert sickness.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H3x1LS5tVaM

Kent and Neil danced a contemporary routine by Travis Wall to How it Ends by DeVotchKa--- why was it amazing? It was the second time these two dancers were partnered together, and again it was brilliant and stunning. Tyce said excellence was delivered by the choreographer, dancer, and all star. Mia said it was so uncomfortable that it was genius and she was at a loss for words. Mia said the combination of the three of you was perfect.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nEI9GSwrxxY

Week 9

The Final Week to me was all about the woman who won the competition, Lauren turned into two strong, sexy, and amazing performances....

She danced a hip hop routine with Twitch choreographed by Tabitha and Napoleon to Power by Kanye West.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pv-7BnIb1Zg&feature=related

She danced a cha cha cha with Pasha choreographed by Tony Meredith and Melanie LaPatin to Not Myself Tonight by Christina Aguilera.
http://il.youtube.com/watch?v=NY04YYcx7_o

Sunday, July 25, 2010

So You Think You Can Dance Season 7: So Far....

This season has been a groundbreaking one on So You Think You Can Dance. We have welcomed the all stars, contestants from the previous six seasons who have come back to dance with the new Top 10, well 11 initially, instead of 10 couples of 20 dancers. We started with six men and five ladies; we have had three injuries in three consecutive weeks (two dancers had to leave the competition because they would not be able to continue dancing this season). Alex Wong, the early front runner and quick fan favorite was forced to drop out after revealing on the show that he had a lacerated Achilles tendon. Ashley Galvan suffered a rib injury the following week causing her to also bow out of the competition. Finally, just last week, Billy Bell sat out for an undisclosed injury but promised to return next week to fight it out. No one was voted out this past week, but executive producer and judge Nigel Lythgoe told viewers that two dancers would be going home this coming week.



My prediction for the top three is AdeChike Torbert, Lauren Froderman, and Kent Boyd. I have to say though that my love this season for Jose "Full Deck" Ruiz and Robert Roldan has only grown this season, and both are amazing dancers.



The All Stars:



Ade Obayomi a contemporary dancer from Season 5 (he made it to the top 6): Ade has been touring as a dancer for the Alicia Keys Element of Freedom tour, appeared in the music video "Hard" with Rihanna, and has also danced for Beyonce on the Grammy's.



Allison Holker is a contemporary dancer from Season 2 (she made it to the Top 6): Allison has toured with Clay Aiken and worked with choreographer Louis Van Amstel on the show "Broadway with a Twist". She cites Travis Wall, Danny, and Will as her dream partners.



Anya Garis is a ballroom and Latin dancer from Season 3 (she made it to the top 12): Anya has appeared on Dancing with the Stars and been a ballroom standout for the past ten years. She has also toured with the Broadway show, "Burn the Floor" and also cites Travis Wall as her dream partner.



Comfort Fedoke is a hip hop and krump dancer from Season 4 (she made it to the top 8): Comfort has danced on the Michael Jackson European tribute tour, in the movie Honey 2, and appeared on Glee. She cites Ade and Jason from Season 5 as her dream dance partners and is inspired by Travis Wall and the mark he has left on the show. Comfort is also a writer and will soon add singer to the list when she releases her first single.



Courtney Galiano is a jazz and contemporary dancer from Season 4 (she made it to the top 4): Courtney has danced in music videos for Adam Lambert, Kat Deluna, and Daddy Yankee. She also danced for Jennifer Lopez on Dick Clark's New Years Rockin' Eve. She says Kathryn (Season 6) and Katee Shean (her current roommate) inspire her as a dancer.



Dominic "D Trix" Sandoval is a breaker and hip hop dancer from Season 3 (he made it to the top 8): Dominic auditioned for SYTYCD in 2007 and hasn't turned back since. He is now a member of Quest Crew, Stepboyz Entertainment, and Flexible Flav. He has danced for Snoop Dogg, Usher, Pitbull, Sean Kingston, and Donna Summer. He says his dream partner would be none other than Twitch.



Kathryn McCormick is a contemporary dancer from Season 6 (she made it to the top 3 and was the top female dancer): Kathryn had a supporting role in Fame remake. She lists Will Wingfield as her dream partner.



Lauren Gottlieb is an everything kind of dancer who specializes in hip hop, contemporary, and jazz from Season 3 (she made it to the top 6). She is a choreographer in her own right as well as a clothing designer and dance teacher. Lauren has danced for Carrie Underwood, Mariah Carey, on five episodes of Glee, the Hannah Monatana movie, assisted Tabitha and Napoleon Dumo with Cirque du Soliel's "Viva Elvis", and the list goes on.

Lauren says her dream partner would be Twitch, Mark Kanemura, Ade, and Travis all for different reasons and she is inspired by Chelsie Hightower.



Mark Kanemura is a contemporary dancer from Season 4 (he made it to the top 6). Mark just finished touring with Lady Gaga and has also danced for Janet Jackson, Katie Holmes, Carrie Underwood, Keri Hilson, and Beyonce. Mark has appeared in numerous Broadway shows including "Sweet Charity", "The Nutcracker"," The King and I", "Grease", and "Gypsy".



Neil Haskell is a contemporary and jazz dancer from Season 3 (he made it to the top 3). Neil appeared in the MTV film "The American Mall". He has appeared in several Broadway and off Broadway shows in main roles including, "The Times are A Changin", "Altar Boys", and "9 to 5". His dream partner is Cheslie Hightower.



Pasha Kovalev is a ballroom and Latin dancer from Season 3 (he made it to the top 6). Pasha has appeared on Broadway in "Burn the Floor" and took the show on a world tour. He and Anya make appearances together and teach dance. Pasha is most inspired by Blake, Travis, and Danny (Season 3). He has also choreographed on several season of SYTYCD.



Stephen "Twitch" Boss is a hip hop dancer and popper from Season 4 (he was the runner up to Joshua Allen). Twitch is about to become a household name (as if it wasn't already) because he is starring in "Step Up 3D" and recently landed the lead roll in "Stomp the Yard 2: Homecoming". He belongs to the dance groups Breed OCLA and Chill Factor Crew and he has been helping to promote the Dizzy Feet Foundation. This wall will also see him launch the tWitch Boss Clothing Line. His dream partner would be Lauren Gottlieb and he is most inspired by Ivan Koumaev.



The Top 6 from this Season



Adechike Torbert is a 23 year old contemporary dancer with flavor who began dancing at the age of six. What I notice most in Adechike's is his personality, precision, and strength. Adechike looks up to tWitch and attended the Boston Conservatory before auditioning for the SYTYCD.

Billy Bell is a 20 year old contemporary dancer who began dancing at the age of 12. Billy, to me, is just such a hard worker; he takes in everything the judges tell him and he executes it. Billy looks up to Legacy and is inspired by Allison Holker.

Jose "Full Deck" Ruiz 23 year old b boy dancer who started his dance career late at age 14. Jose is honestly a sensitive, gentle, passionate person, and that comes across clear as day in his dancing. His smile completely lights up a room; he looks up to Legacy .

Kent Boyd is an 18 year old contemporary jazz dancer who started dancing at age eight. He cites Travis Wall as an amazing professional dancer. Kent continues to surprise me every week with his versatility and his popularity among the public. He looks up to Kathryn from Season 6.

Lauren Froderman is an 18 year old contemporary jazz dancer who began dancing at just the age of three! Lauren is the embodiment of a female dancer, so it's no surprise that she is the final female standing in this competition. She is inspired by Lauren Gottlieb.

Robert Roldan is a 20 year old contemporary dancer who started dancing at age 11. He looks up to Travis Wall and Allison Holker. Robert is just amazing because he is totally committed to every dance, every step has meaning to Robert. He cites the press lift in the water in the movie "Dirty Dancing" as perfection.


go to www.fox.com/dance and click contestants to see the rest of the contestants from this season's top 11!

In my next blog: all my face performances from this season so far, and there have been quite a few.

Monday, July 5, 2010

The Bachelorette Season 6 Week 6: Ali--- Justin Goes Down!

Ali finds out from another girl who was on Jake's Season with her that Justin has a girlfriend from the beginning and he tried to cover it up. He did this to gain publicity, and he told his girlfriend about the whole scheme before he even left to do the show. Apparently she found put that he was dating another girl besides her, and then her feelings turned to anger, so she revealed Justin's secret.

When Ali confronted him, he tried to deny the whole thing. She tells him how she gave up her job and apartment to come there and find love and he f****d with that. She said that what he did is unspeakable and not just unspeakable because of what you did to me but what you did to this woman who is supposed to be your best friend. She kicks him off the show, and then a series of voicemails are played of Justin to Jessica's (said girlfriend) voicemail.

Ty gets the one on one date and they go to the Turkish baths. Ali says that after what happened with Justin, Ty has restored her faith in men. Ty reveals to Ali that he struggled with his ex working, but says that living ans experience made him change. Ali says she has concerns about how traditional Ty is, but she offers him a rose because she appreciates how open he is. She says he surprised her.

Craig, Kirk, Chris, and Roberto oil wrestle for time with Ali and surprisingly Craig won by beating Roberto. Ali and Craig eat dinner on a boat, and Ali comments on how positive and patient Craig has been throughout this whole process, and he says he will always be this way. He tells her that she is beautiful inside and out as they are watching the fireworks.

Frank receives the second one on one date with Ali and they go to the Spice Bazaar, and Ali dresses as a belly dancer when they play dress up at the store. Ali and Frank go to a very romantic dinner spot where Ali says her relationship with Frank scares her, but she still feels something special for him. She gives him a rose.

Ali decides to fore go the cocktail party because she already knows who she wants to send home. Roberto says he and the other guys must be playing back every moment in their minds that they have spent with Ali. Ali concludes by saying that there is one guy that she didn't feel that special connection with.

The Final Five
Ty
Frank
Roberto
Kirk
Chris

Craig is eliminated.

Monday, June 28, 2010

The Bachelorette Season 6-- Rated R is Super Lame on Week 5, Ali

Week 5

In Iceland, the guys compete for a date with Ali by writing her a poem. Kirk ultimately won because not only was his poem really sweet but he also was the only one that looked at her and walked up to her when he read it. Kirk and Ali go sweater shopping and don matching sweaters, how cute! Then they talk about Kirk's dating history and he says that he has dated some great women, but none for over a year. Ali says that this concerns her, and as a result she isn't sure she can give him a rose.

Kirk explains himself, he was an All American Track Athlete in college and he found himself getting really sick in school; he ended up discovering that the house he was living in had mold and asbestos. It was deemed unlivable. Kirk says the experience taught him to appreciate life more, and that he can definitely see himself falling for Ali and being with her.

Kasey finds out that he is to go on the two on one date with Justin and doesn't want to have any part of it. Frank urges Kasey to come clean with Ali and tell her about the tattoo.

On the group date, Ty took the lead because they went horseback riding and he's kind of a cowboy. Roberto comments that Ali is a natural riding the horse and the guys make fun of Chris L. because he can't ride a horse.

Justin (Rated R) gets his cast off, boo!

Ali comments how Frank has been non existent on the date while Frank complains about not having enough alone time with Ali.

The group arrives at a blue lagoon known for its healing properties. Ali takes off all her snow clothes in seconds to reveal a bikini and she goes into the water. Craig says he stripped down so quick he almost forgot to put his swimsuit on. Roberto said he has never taken his clothes off so fast in his life, as he was first into the water.

Hightlights: I liked Ty's manliness on this date, and Chris L's vulnerability.

Lowlights: Where was Roberto on this date? Frank: he complains all the time.

Ty receives the rose on the group date.

The two on one begins with a helicopter ride over the volcano. Justin says he is the best man between him and Kasey, ewwww! I cannot even go through this date because it is so sad. I feel bad for Kasey because Ali ends up giving the rose to someone who is full of lies.

Cocktail party highlight: Roberto tells Ali he is a shy guy. Ali says she wouldn't have gone up to Roberto if they weren't on the show because he is way too hot. He says, that's not true, and she says, you're blushing Roberto.

Kasey and Chris N. are eliminated.

Monday, June 21, 2010

The Bachelorette Season 6, Week 4 Ali!

Ali goes to New York City and gets a make over from InStyle; she says it's to prepare her for her dates this week.

Kasey gets his first one on one date with Ali; wow this should be creepy and it is. The two embark on a helicopter ride around the city. Then they go on a picnic lunch, and Kasey starts singing; it does not sound good at all. In fact, I really want him to stop singing. Ali is sitting there knocking back a glass of wine, probably wishing the date was over, so uncomfortable.

Kasey says you're different from all the other women cause you're Ali. He says I am here to guard and protect your heart, and I know that a woman is right for me when she does the same for me. The problem with Kasey is that he says all the right things and I really want to believe him, but it's too good to be true, and his voice throws me off. Ali says that she doesn't believe that everything is saying is genuine and therefore she cannot give him a rose, but she doesn't want him to leave.

Craig, Kirk, Roberto, Jesse, Jonathan, Frank, and Ty go on a group date with Ali to Broadway........

The guys compete for a date with Ali by singing for her and some Broadway producers from The Lion King.

Jesse did awesome his singing was really impressive, but Roberto (Rico suave) won the date because he was the only one who sang to Ali.

Roberto is surprised to find out that his date with Ali is that they get to be extras together in The Lion King. Ali says that going through this experience with Roberto is making them fall in love. (SPOILER! why is it then that I heard she doesn't choose anyone at the end! Ali are you crazy? Roberto is amazing!)

My question of the night...... this takes place at the wrap party after The Lion King....... Ali is sick, she goes outside in the rain with Frank........ why does she like this guy so much? He is pretty lame.

Inside, Ali tells Craig she is impressed every time she talks to him.

The weatherman (Jonathan) attempts to get one on one time with Ali but fails miserably.

Kirk tells Ali that since she is sick she should take care of herself and go to bed, and not feel bad about having to leave the party. She then tells the guys as a group that she cannot give out the rose, and that Kirk is going to walk her to her room. She invites Kirk in and they talk and kiss (this guy is a serious cutie too!).

Kasey goes to get a tattoo on his arm of a shield in front of a heart with a rose and 11 stones (the top 11 guys!). Wow, Kasey this is kind of crazy.

Ali wakes up the next morning, and is really sick, and is supposed to go on a date with Chris L. (it is also his birthday). She instead invites him to come spend the day with her in her suite. He brings her soup and flowers (how sweet is that? it's his birthday and he is taking care of her, another nice guy).

Ali feels better after eating the chicken noodle soup Chris brought her and decides they should go out on the date after all. Ali rents out a club where Chris and Ali go and talk and he gets to talk to his dad by phone on his special day. Ali gives Chris a rose. Then they go to the roof for a Joshua Radin (Ali's fave singer) concert; the date ends with them kissing on the roof.

Just some things I wanted to mention from the cocktail party:

Why is the weatherman singing? This is not good. Why is Justin calling people out for lying when he does it more than anyone else?

The Top 9

Chris L.
Kirk
Frank
Craig
Chris N.
Roberto
Jutin
Ty
Kasey

Eliminated:
Jesse (wow this was a shocker to me, I thought they had some pretty hot chemistry)
Jonathan (not a surprise)

Saturday, June 12, 2010

The Bachelorette Season 6 Ali, Week3

Roberto and Ali's first one on one date is perfection; they are picked up by a helicopter that lands on top of a high rise. Turns out they are having dinner on top of the building next to it and must cross to the other side by walking across on high wires. While crossing to the other side Ali has her first kiss with Roberto and says it is like nothing else she has ever experienced.

They have dinner and both start complimenting each other non stop..... Roberto calls Ali captivating, she says she feels they are connecting but wonders if she is pretty enough cause Roberto is so handsome. Then he tells her she is really cute, and she starts speaking Spanish and says "dame um beso", and Roberto says he can't refuse so he starts kissing her. I love the chemistry between these two. The night ends with Ali, of course giving Roberto a rose.

Then Ali had a group date with Kirk, John, Chris N., Chris L., Frank, Jonathan, Craig, Jeese, Justin---

The guys and Ali film a music video for The Barenaked Ladies; here's the highlights and lowlights:
highlights: Jonathan was cute, don't care what anyone else says. I think the fact that he was able to express more emotion than just about any other guy there spoke volumes. Kirk continued to kiss Ali in bed during his video scene even after the director yelled "cut", and she kissed him back.
lowlights: Frank, he's just weird. John should have spiced things up a little bit more.

The Wrap Party: Chris L. tells Ali that his mom passed away, and the tattoo on his heart is in memory of her. Jonathan made an awkward move by actually asking Ali for a kiss, dude you know I like you, but don't do that. I am liking this guy Kirk, Ali says she likes his energy, feels drawn to him, and feels safe and appreciated around him. He gets the group date rose.

Justin pulls a fast one and walk seven miles to Ali's house to spend some alone time with her. He doesn't tell the guys and he cuts into Hunter's one on one date with Ali. Hunter ultimately ends up not receiving a rose and is sent packing after a boring date with little chemistry.

Roberto and Ali once again have some precious one on one time at the cocktail party before the rose ceremony. It is here that she reveals to Roberto that Justin walked to her house. Roberto shares the news with the rest of the guys. The guys turn on Justin big time.

Besides Hunter, Steven and John are also eliminated.

The Remaining 11:
Roberto
Kirk
Chris L.
Jesse
Chris N.
Ty
Kasey
Craig
Frank
Jonathan
Justin

Monday, May 31, 2010

The Bachelorette Season 6 Week 2--- Ali!

Highlights from last week:

Ali giving Roberto the first impression rose; this man is absolutely so sweet and so sincere, and he taught Ali to salsa dance on the first night.

Thank you Justin "Rated R" Rego and Craig M. for showing your true colors on the first night; both of you are first class jerks.

Hotties of the season: Roberto Martinez and Jesse Beck (and I don't mean just hot for what they look like; I mean hot for who they are inside too. ;) ) with all hope Ali will keep these two around for a while.

This week May 31st, 2010:

1. Ali had her first one on one with Frank, yawn! There is something I find really weird about this guy, it's like he is too clingy and too goofy. The date starts off with a convertible ride, and a visit to the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The rest of the date takes place at the famous Hollywood sign.... eww, why were they kissing under the Hollywood sign, I don't see any chemistry between these two.

Frank says: "Ali and I have amazing chemistry"......... not, "I am here to the end". Spoiler Alert! Reality Steve is reporting that Frank has a kinda sorta girlfriend/ ex girlfriend back home who he ultimately decides he wants to get back together with. Where does this leave the other guys and where does this leave Ali, especially if he gets far in the competition.

Frank is already talking about how it is gonna upset him to see Ali with the other guys. Ali wants Frank to know that she is crazy about them; the kissing begins again, and Frank gets a rose at the very end of the date.

*Back at the house, Craig M. causes more drama picking on the hot Jesse because he has tattoos, he is young, and he is from a small town in Missouri. Craig M.-- grow up and get a life! Seriously dude! I also want to say I really respect how Jesse handled the situation.

2. Group date-- Jonathan, Justin, Ty, Chris N., Hunter, Chris H., Kirk, Tyler, Steve, Craig R., Craig M., Kasey

The group date takes place in Malibu, and the guys participate in a photo shoot for a charity calendar.
Photo shoot highlights:
Kirk and Ali's one on one time; they seemed to click, I liked the chemistry going on between them.
Ty singing to Ali on the beach was so cute; her eyes were so happy.
Jonathan rocked a black speedo.

Ty revealed that he had been married before; Ali was touched that Ty shared that with her.
Jonathan warned Ali that Craig M. is dangerous and shouldn't be there.
Jonathan's feelings were solidified when Craig M. started making fun of him, and Jonathan commented that he has no regard for other people's feelings.
Justin was totally slimy when he got his one on one time with Ali, and then complained when Ty got a rose and said he felt Ty was fake cause he took out his guitar. Spoiler Alert Justin, also reported by Reality Steve, has a girlfriend back home and just came on the show to get publicity for his wrestling career. His girlfriend initially agreed to him going because he said he really wanted to be with her and told her of his real intentions. What she didn't know was that he not only was stringing her along but some other girl as well. What a slime ball.

Ty received the group date rose.

3. The next one on one date really made me happy cause I got to look at Jesse Beck for a while, and he is extremely easy on the eyes. Ali says Jesse is hot and sexy but she wants to see if they are compatible. A limo takes Jesse to Ali and a private jet. She says although she was scared of flying Jesse made her feel comfortable. After the plane lands they get into a red Ferrari and Ali drives down the Las Vegas strip.

They go to the new pool "Liquid", and they look hot as a potential couple; the two have lots of chemistry as they splash around in the water together.

As it turns to night, the two have dinner in a private suite overlooking the entire city. Ali looks beautiful and Jeese looks handsome. At this point, Ali is not sure she is going to give him a rose, but after they discuss where Jesse is from and he expresses getting to know Ali more, Ali gives him a rose.

They then go to the night club "Haze" which is shut down just for them, and they listen to a performance from the musician Jamie Cullum as they dance, and finally they kiss at the end of the night. I think these two have much more chemistry than Ali and Frank. The kiss is pretty passionate.

4. The Cocktail Party: Ali says her goal is to spend more time with the guys who she didn't see on dates this week. I didn't see her spend any time with John C. but she did spend time with Roberto (because what woman wouldn't?) and with Chris L.

Chris L. expresses on his one on one time with Ali that his family is a major part of his life.

Ali's one on one time with Roberto is full of sparks. She blushes as the comments on how handsome Roberto is and she blushes even more as he tells Ali that she is gorgeous. He tells her that he played baseball in college and was recruited by the Rockies and Twins after college so the two play catch out in the front yard. I really like the pace Roberto is taking this at. ;)

Scary alert! This guy Kasey scares me; his voice is weird. Even weirder is that Frank, who already has a rose, steps in, and he tells Ali that he feels like she is his girlfriend already.

Craig M. says he is here to have a good time with the guys......umm what about Ali?

Craig M. gathers the guys together to find out who called him dangerous, as if you don't already know? He questions Jonathan who says his conversations with Ali are private, and he doesn't owe him anything (good for you Jonathan, I totally agree). Jonathan tells him to take some accountability for his own actions and the issues that he has. He says that is the reason Craig M. is always attacking other guys in the house, like Jesse, because he cannot get over his own issues.

The Top 14!

Frank (umm go home to your ex!)
Ty
Jesse (the hottie)
Kasey (ehhh! why?)
Hunter
Roberto (the other hottie)
Chris L.
Justin (gag!)
Steve
Kirk
John C.
Craig R.

Chris N.
Jonathan

Eliminated: Chris H., Tyler V., Craig M. (buh bye and good riddance!)

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Swizz "mizzes" the Point!

What I should first explain was that this piece was written in response to an article on MTV News reporting that Alicia Keys is pregnant and engaged to music producer Swizz Beatz. Later reports say that Ms. Keys is four months along, and Swizz is not yet formally separated from his first wife.
Here is the link for the article I based this piece on: http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1640347/20100528/keys_alicia.jhtml

I think Swizz Beatz, or whatever his name is, is a bum. He needs to man up and say that he made a mistake by getting involved with an amazing woman before he divorced his current wife.

Also he says, "People get divorced every f---in' day. They need to worry about more serious things." Really? Really? You know what, it is ok for people to get divorced if they are in a bad relationship or in a loveless relationship, but what does it say about his regard for marriage when he can't even divorce his first wife before he moves on to the next relationship.


Alicia Keys is such a beautiful person; I have so much respect for her as a woman, and who is to say he won't do the same thing to her that he did to his still current wife? He is thinking with his brain below the belt, and he only cares about himself, he has no regard for other people and that can include his soon to be ex wife, and his soon to be wife. It is ok to love someone, but it isn't ok to love when you aren't totally free to love (i.e. because you are married to someone else), and it isn't ok when loving someone else hurts the person you are supposed to love.


And is it serious, Swizz, when people go out there and just do whatever makes them feel good in life without caring about other people! We need more people out there like Alicia who care about others and care about helping people. She is such an inspiration to me and to so many other young women. I am in awe of her talent and her inner beauty, and I only wish her the very best in life. I hope everything works out as well as it can.


I like Swizz's music, but I do not agree with his life choices, and I hope the saying isn't true, I hope a tiger can change its stripes, but so far that has never happened. He needs to stop trying to justify his bad behavior, be a man dude! Seriously. Stop making excuses!


Photo by Bryan Bedder/ Getty Images

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

The Top 4 Go To The Movies with Jamie Foxx on American Idol Season 9

I think what Simon ended up saying at the end of the night was what this night was all about: The duets were better than the solo performances.

01 Lee Dewyze sang "Kiss from a Rose" by Seal. Randy found it pitchy and thought he should have stayed true to his rocker self. Ellen loved it. Kara said it was a hard song to sing, but said despite that, she can still hear Lee on the radio right now. Simon said it bordered on karaoke and he was trying too hard to sound like the original. He also added that some parts were out of turn. I have no doubt that Lee is talented but this was the wrong song selection for him.

02 Michael Lynche sang "Will You Be There" by Michael Jackson. Randy said just all right, it never really took off for me. Kara said she wanted him to go back to his special performances on the stage and think about what made them special. Simon said he didn't get the song choice but felt he gave 100%. This performance left Mike the weak one out as far as performances go this week.

03 Casey James sang "Mrs. Robinson" by Simon and Garfunkel. Ellen liked that he came back from last week and did something different. Kara said Casey is fighting to stay in the competition. Simon found it a bit lazy. I have to say I disagree with Simon on this, I, like Kara, saw Casey's fight, and I think based on this performance and his skills in the duet, he may squeeze into the top three.

04 Crystal Bowersox sang "I'm Alright" by Kenny Loggins. Randy liked how she switched the song up to fit her. Ellen said she "crystalized" the song and made it better; Kara agreed. Simon told Crystal she was back in the game.

Lee and Crystal sang "Falling Slowly"-- Randy said it could be a hit right now, amazing. Ellen called then Captain and Tennille. Kara said it was one of her favorite moments from the entire season. She said they brought out the best in each other and supported each other. Simon said I don't know if I would call that good; I would call it fantastic. Crystal called Lee her musical crush. To me, this performance was magical.

Casey and Michael sang "Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman"-- Randy called their voices sultry and sexy. Kara said both duets were incredible and they sounded great. Simon said well done and thought the duets were better than the solo performances.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

The Top Five Sing Sinatra on American Idol Season 9

This week the top five took on a real American Idol, the original crooner, Frank Sinatra. They did it with the help of singer and musician Harry Connick Jr. Connick is the first mentor in the history of American Idol to create the arrangements for the contestants as well as aid them in their performances on stage. Overall, I felt he was one of the best mentors ever.

01 Aaron sang "Fly Me to the Moon"-- Randy said tonight we are wondering who is in it to win it, and I think you did a good job. Ellen thought his vocals were beautiful. Kara thought it wasn't as strong as last week, and she told him to work on his charisma and stage presence because she believes he will still be there next week. Simon said it didn't have enough conviction, but people like him because he actually tries, and he gives him credit for that and believes it will buy him some votes. I think this week the bottom two is Aaron and Casey, so who knows what is going to happen. I would be sad to lose either one of them.
Score: 4

02 Casey sang "Blue Skies"-- Randy said it was pitchy, his worst performance ever, and he was out of his element. Ellen thought it was stiff and did not feel effortless to her. Kara said she didn't like how he held the notes. Simon said the problem is that you weren't fantastic. Harry admitted that Casey was much better in rehearsal and said it is hard to hear the band up the stage. I have to say I really think the judges got this wrong, more than anything else this season. Casey was nowhere near as bad as they said he was.
Score: 4

03 Crystal sang "Summer Wind"-- Randy thought it was okay, but sleepy. Ellen called her impressive because there are so many different sides to her as an artist. Kara said that she liked the way that Crystal phrased this song. Simon said the first half was small night club, and the second half was better; her second week in a row of just an okay performance. Again, I disagreed with the judges overall, I liked the way Crystal came across in this song and I liked how she performed.
Score: 5

04 Mike sang "The Way You Look Tonight"-- Randy said Mike is in it to win it, unbelievable arrangement and unbelievable vocals. Ellen said he was very comfortable on the stage. Kara said you took us on a journey, but you didn't lose yourself. Simon said that he felt that everything just clicked, and the first three performances were just okay. Again, this was a week where big Mike impressed me, I am really surprised that he has done this well and made it this far in the competition. Big props to big Mike.
Score: 5

05 Lee sang "That's Life"-- Ellen thinks if this were his final performance he would win the whole thing. Randy liked how he did not lose his rock edge. Kara echoed Ellen's thought and believes that if Lee continues to believe in himself he can win American Idol. Simon said Harry brought out Lee's confidence and personality and believe it was by far the best performance of the night.
Score: 4.9

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

The Top 6 Sing Straight from the Shania Twain Songbook on American Idol Season 9

This week was a solid one in terms of performances, and I think overall the guys finished on top. Their performances were much stronger than the two ladies left in the competition. Although I usually love Crystal Bowersox, this week's performance was, in a word, just "okay". Siobhan once again did not impress me with her off key screaming at the end of the performance.

My Top 5

1. Lee DeWyze-- He sang "You're Still the One".
Loved it because: like Ellen said it always sounds like his version and someone elses, like Kara said his voice made it sound relevant, and like Simon said, out of any song in Shania's catalog he chose the perfect one.

2. Michael Lynche (Big Mike)-- He sang "It Only Hurts When I'm Breathing".
Loved it because: Mike is in his element when he sings an R&B ballad and injects it with emotion, like Kara said he always connects with the song, and like Randy said Mike sings like Luther (what a comparison!).

3. Casey James-- He sang "Don't".
Loved it because: honestly, it was one of the best Casey performances ever, like Ellen said he found a genre where he truly belongs, and like Simon said he responded well to last week's wake up call.

4 Aaron Kelly-- He sang "You Got a Way".
Loved it because: like Ellen said he showed so much emotion, maturity, and depth; like Kara said he changed lyrics that otherwise would have been a bit inappropriate for him to sing, and like Simon said it was the first time in weeks that he showed real sincerity.

5. Crystal Bowersox-- She sang "No One Needs to Know".
First off, who can have a top five without Crystal?
Loved it because: she's always good no matter what.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

The Top Seven Sing Songs of Inspiration for Idol Gives Back Week

The top seven were inspiring this week from beginning to end; there were some bumps along the way but overall this was an enjoyable show. Alicia Keys was appropriately this week's mentor and gave sound advice to the remaining contestants. A couple of contestants really impressed, namely Crystal Bowersox and Lee Dewyze, and surprise of the night, Tim Urban.

01 Casey James sang "Don't Stop Thinking About Tomorrow" made famous by Fleetwood Mac-- Randy said it was good, not great, and asked that Casey give him something a little bit different; Ellen agreed with Randy. Kara said his performance didn't show what makes him different; I disagree, I think it showed exactly what makes him different. Simon said there was no originality and it was a lazy song choice.
Score: 4

02 Lee Dewyze sang "The Boxer" made famous by Simon and Garfunkel-- Alicia told Lee not to lose sight of what the song is really about. Randy called Lee a great artist ready to make a record; Ellen complimented his choice of song and said he showed great depth. Kara said that he had "a moment" with that performance and to keep choosing songs he is connected to like that. Simon called it emotional and inspirational, absolutely brilliant.
Score: 5

03 Tim Urban sang "Better Days" made famous by the Goo Goo Dolls-- Randy said okay, good karaoke; Ellen called Tim a soup of the day, sometimes she likes him and sometimes she doesn't. Kara said it was not his best, and Simon admitted he has improved over the past few weeks but this week was a little bit of a letdown. I disagree with the judges, I thought Tim was great, one of the best he has ever been, and I don't understand why the judges have been so difficult with him.
Score: 4.9

04 Aaron Kelly sang "I Believe I Can Fly" made famous by R. Kelly-- Randy said good job with a giant song, and you have great vocal talent. Kara said by the end it was awesome. Simon said, you gave it your all but I would have turned it off within seconds; it wasn't good, but you made it good.
Score: 4

05 Siobhan Magnus sang "When You Believe" made famous by Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston-- Alicia said she was impressed with Siobhan's voice. Randy thought it was okay; Ellen loved it and thought it confirmed why Siobhan is here. Kara thought it started to sound like a musical. Simon found the whole thing to be all over the place and wrong. I just did not like the arrangement at all; important part of the song were left out.
Score: 4


06 Michael Lynche sang "Hero" made famous by Chad Kroeger featuring Josey Scott-- This song is a personal favorite of mine, and I didn't feel Mike poured his heart into the performance the way he did last week. Randy said it worked out; Ellen, pressed for time, said great job. Kara said it became unrecognizable, and Simon said he sang it well, but somehow it sounded artificial.
Score: 4

07 Crystal Bowersox sang "People Get Ready" made famous by the Impressions-- Alicia said Crystal is special and told her to go for it. Randy said I have been a fan since day one and that was unbelievable and I have to stand up for you. Ellen said she has never looked more beautiful; Kara said the reason you're called "mama sox" is because you just schooled all those other contestants. Simon said he was happy to see Crystal emotional and thought her performance was in a different class.
Score: 5

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

The Top 9 (Again!) Take on The King for Elvis Night on American Idol Season 9

The thing that most surprised me about Elvis night was mentor Adam Lambert's great advice; he was very specific about what each contestant had to work on. To me, this season has turned into the guys competition there are twice as many guys left now as there are girls. Crystal is still a front-runner in this competition, Katie has really brought her vocals and performance level up in the past couple of weeks, but Siobhan, in my opinion, is too unpredictable and erratic at this point of the competition.

01 Crystal Bowersox sang "Saved"-- Adam acknowledged immediately that Crystal has a great voice. She went with Adam's suggestion of taking a risk and using an electric guitar. Randy said he thought he was listening to someones record. Simon liked that she chose a song that suited her, and that she didn't fall into the karaoke trap that he believes so many other contestants will. No question, Crystal is here for the long haul.
Score: 5

02 Andrew Garcia sang "Hound Dog"-- Randy didn't like it, and called it bad karaoke. Ellen liked how he changed the song. Simon said it was like all Andrew's coolness got sucked out of him, and he just didn't get it. I think Andrew is in real trouble this week, if he doesn't get voted off, he will at least be in the bottom 3.
Score: 3

03 Tim Urban sang "I Can't Help Falling in Love"-- Adam liked the unique sound of Tim's voice. Randy said he really liked it. Ellen said, "I can't help falling in love with you Tim. That was beautiful." Kara said it was her fave Tim performance; it was authentic, current, very singer/ songwriter, and he didn't have to do a lot of moving around on the stage. Simon said Tim managed to go from zero to hero in two weeks, and he's proud of the way he has taken criticism. I thought Tim was awesome in this performance, I loved the changes he made to the song.
Score: 5

04 Lee Dewyze sang "A Little Less Conversation"-- Adam told Lee to make sure he engages the audience when he performs, and obviously Lee listened because I think he gave possibly his best performance ever. Randy called it another great, in the zone performance. Ellen liked his confidence. Kara said his vocals were fire, and that she has never seen him go for it that much on the vocal, but she wished it were more playful. Simon said, "it was on the money, full stop."
Score: 5

05 Aaron Kelly sang "Blue Suede Shoes"-- Adam told Aaron to believe in himself and commit to it more. Randy and Ellen both agreed that the second half was better than the first half. Kara liked that he was out of his comfort zone and it made him sound younger. Simon disagreed, and thought it was too old fashioned. I was very much split of this performance, there were some things I did like and some things I didn't.
Score: 4

06 Siobhan Magnus sang "Suspicious Minds"-- Adam admires that Siobhan likes to be different. Ellen liked the second half of her performance better than the first half because she used her big voice. Kara didn't love it, and Simon called it erratic and screechy. I was not engaged during this performance at all, it bored me a bit.
Score: 3

07 Michael Lynche sang "In the Ghetto"-- Randy called it a little sleepy but the vocals were hot. Simon said terrific choice of song and the vocals were great. Ellen commented that she was happy that they saved him last week; I agree.
Score: 4.9

08 Katie Stevens sang "Baby What Do You Want Me To Do"-- Adam said she has the pipes, and the looks; she just has to sell it, and she pretty much did. Randy, Ellen, and Kara all quickly agreed that she did great. Simon said he didn't like the song, and found it a bit annoying. Sorry Simon, I don't agree with you on this.
Score: 4.75

09 Casey James sang "Lawdy Miss Clawdy"-- Randy found the performance to be in the zone. Kara said it fell short of what she has thought to be brilliance in the past. Simon said the song was too obscure, and that it was a wasted opportunity during Elvis week, but his vocals were great.
Score: 4.8

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

American Idol Season 9: The Top 9 Impress on Lennon & McCartney Night (for the most part)

Hey, hey, hey, I loved it! Lennon & McCartney night was an overall success. There were very few performances that were not up to a high standard. For me, best performances of the night went to Crystal Bowersox, Casey James, and Lee Dewyze with Siobhan Magnus and surprisingly, Tim Urban, not far behind. Unfortunately, the low man again for me was Andrew Garcia who failed to impress with a rather ordinary performance of "Can't Buy Me Love" which definitely could have been better than it was.

01 Aaron Kelly started the night with "The Long and Winding Road"; I heard that people thought this was going to be a bland performance but I disagree. Randy said he didn't like the arrangement, and thought he should have made it more of a Rascal Flatts' vibe. Kara said it feels like the same performance from him week to week. Simon said it was boring and old fashioned and he needs to be become young and relevant. Score: 4.5 (out of 5)

02 Katie Stevens gave a vocally strong performance of "Let it Be". Randy said her vocals were hot. Ellen said she changed it just enough, and Kara echoed a similar response saying she made the song her own and came out with unexpected confidence. Simon said Katie got it right this time, and I agree I admire how she bounced back from last week's comments. Her vocals were the best I have heard them. Score: 4.75

03 Andrew Garcia's performance of "Can't Buy Me Love" was just ok. Randy also called it just ok, but Ellen loved it and said it was the perfect song choice for him. Kara felt he could have done more with it, but liked the breakdown of the song. Simon said the band overpowered the arrangement and him. Score: 4

04 I liked Michael Lynche's interpretation of "Eleanor Rigby", but something about it lacked for me; it was not as good as some of the other contestants tonight. Randy and Ellen agreed that Mike did a great job and liked how he sang the song. Kara said it was fire and liked how the song built; she said he made it commercial and relevant. Simon said it sounded like something you hear in a musical. He said it was way too over the top. Score: 4.5

05 Crystal Bowersox immediately made an impression on me with her stirring performance of "Come Together". She chose the perfect song, and sang it in her own style. Randy called it another solid performance, but didn't think it was her best. Ellen said that she was great again and she can hear this song on her album. Kara called it one of her fave performances ever, and liked how she gave a Bonnie Raitt feel. Simon said that is a performance I could hear on the radio right now, and it was much better than last week. Score: 5

06 Tim Urban was surprisingly good singing "All My Lovin'". Randy said it was one of his best performances in a few weeks. Ellen said it was his second best performance overall, and the perfect song for him. Kara commended him, not only for a good performance, but for taking their criticism. Simon said that song was the right thing for him to do. It suited his voice, he took the criticism like a man and didn't complain. He said he didn't over sing the song and he is proud of the way Tim has handled himself. Score: 4.9

07 Casey James sang "Jealous Guy"; I felt his performance was honest and I loved his guitar playing. Randy said he was impressed with his performance and it was heartfelt. Ellen called it soulful and his best to date, and he poured himself into the song. Kara said he showed vulnerability and depth. Simon said best performance of the night, it was emotional, he put his stamp on it, and it was very impressive. Score: 5

08 Siobhan Magnus gave a sincere and controlled performance of "Across the Universe". Siobhan was touching and she took a risk by not singing a big note. Randy said no one says artist to me more than you. Ellen said she is so special and so talented, and she liked it. Kara said she showed great control but didn't sing a high note (this comment made no sense to me). Simon said she came back stronger than ever, much better than last week. Score: 4.9

09 Lee Dewyze gave a stirring rendition of "Hey Jude"; I absolutely loved Lee's vocals in this. Randy said you don't have to be nervous because this was another hot one. Ellen liked how he was smiling and was more confident. Kara said I am still a fan (why still?); I didn't get this comment. Simon said he liked it til the piper came on; I think that is immaterial because everything else Lee did was so great. Score: 5

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

American Idol: The Top 10 Tackle R&B With Usher's Advice

I was impressed with Usher as this week's mentor; his advice was specific to the contestant and to the song that person was singing. The issue is that some contestant's took his advice and others did not, and in every case his advice was correct.

Siobhan started the show off with "Through the Fire" by Chaka Kahn, and she appeared to be quite nervous meeting Usher. Randy said it was not her best by any means. Simon said it was so all over the place, it sounded like she was running a marathon, singing, and running out of breath. Simon also did not like the fact that she screamed at the end of the song. I agree, overall, I felt like this had the potential of being an amazing performance and instead it was just ok. Score (in my opinion): 3.9 (out of 5)

Casey found an r&b song that perfectly suited his bluesy style, "Hold On, I'm Coming" by Sam & Dave. Randy said it was another hot night for Casey. Kara said she feels he has more range than he displayed in that song and she hopes that he is able to show it. Simon told Casey that it was his strongest performance thus far. Score: 5

Big Mike displayed sensitivity singing "Ready for Love" by India.Arie, another song by a female singer/ songwriter, but it needed more. Randy loved his sensitivity and said he is in the zone and Randy is loving all his performances. Ellen said it was beautiful and she loved it. Kara said he did an incredible job with the song and it was one of her fave Mike performances. Simon said he can finally take him seriously and he believed the performance. Usher loved it and said he connected with the audience.
Score: 4.5

Didi's rendition of "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted" by Jimmy Ruffin left me feeling like I was at a Broadway show; I was overcome with the theatrics of the entire performance, including the shouting. Randy found it flat from start to finish. Ellen thought it was too dramatic. Kara called it overdone, and said Didi has lost her way. Simon agreed and added it was like swimming in jelly, off melody and all. I think she is in trouble tonight. Score: 2.9

Tim didn't do much better with an almost mumbled version of "Sweet Love" by Anita Baker. Usher gave Tim amazing advice, he told him to picture the woman he loves standing in front of him while singing the song. Randy said it was too flat, and he didn't add enough to the song to make it special. Ellen said he shouldn't have chosen that song because it was too tough for him. Kara called it Vegas and Broadway and said he took the soul out of the song. Simon said that what he says doesn't matter because he will be voted to stay. I am annoyed because I think Tim is capable of this, and I tire of him choosing silly songs.
Score: 3

Andrew's acoustic take on "Forever" by Chris Brown put him back in the mix this week for the first time since Hollywood week! Randy said Andrew is back, best performance in a long time. Kara said it was a great leap in the right direction. Simon told him it was miles better than so many of his other performances but encouraged him to show his personality because that is what is selling at this point of the competition. Score: 4.75

Katie sang the Aretha classic, "Chain of Fools" and received a real range of comments from the judges. Randy and Kara thought they were some of the best vocals of the night. Simon said it was ridiculous of Randy to compare Katie to Christina Aguilera vocally because she is miles from there and he found her performance "cold and robotic". I am leaning more towards Simon's opinion, I didn't love it as much as I should have.
Score: 3.9

Lee had a breakout night with "Treat Her Like a Lady" by the Cornelius Brothers. Usher was impressed with Lee's voice and told him to believe in himself. Randy called it unbelievable, and Ellen said it was the best performance of the night. Kara said you brought the song into your own, and it could be on your record now; amazing. Simon said he always believed in him, and that he should watch his performance back later because this may be the night that changes his life forever.
Score: 5

Crystal sang her own version of "Midnight Train to Georgia" by Gladys Knight and the Pips; her vocals impressed the hell out of me, and I continue to be surprised by her. Randy said he loved it and it was another great performance. Ellen loved the whole idea, and Kara said she was happy she took the risk playing the piano. Simon said the backing vocals should not have been there, and told her not to change who she is.
Score: 5

Aaron closed the show with a safe performance of "Ain't No Sunshine" by Bill Withers. Unfortunately I was thinking about the Kris Allen version of this from last season, and so this was just too safe for me. Randy said it was all right and it got better as it went on. Ellen and Kara both liked it. Simon said it was not as good as some other versions he has heard on the show, but there is no chance of him being voted off. Score: 4

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

The Top 11 American Idol Season 9, Who Goes on Tour?

Last night was quite possibly the worst batch of performances I have ever seen for a group of contestants in the finals of American Idol. The bottom three for the most part tonight was not a surprise for me; I believed that the bottom three would be Paige Miles, Didi Benami, and Andrew Garcia with Paige Miles going home. All that was important was that my end result was correct and it was.

Paige gave consistently "off" performances throughout the semis and finals and last night was possibly the worst. Her rendition of Phil Collins' "Against All Odds" was pitchy, possibly the worst vocal of season 9, and she never seemed to find her comfort zone in the song. Simon said they would not even consider using the "Judges' Save".

The other two contestants in the bottom three were Tim Urban and Katie Stevens; both had off nights but on a night were most performances were lackluster at best. Urban took on "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" by Queen and received mostly criticism from the judges, I thought the song was right but he should have done more with the tempo and the arrangement. Katie Stevens actually took the judges' advice and went with a younger more contemporary song, choosing "Big Girls Don't Cry" by Fergie. It was a bit of a shock to me to see her in the bottom three, but then again, there was nothing special about her performance.

I agreed with Simon's take on Didi and Andrew's performances. Didi was over the top and overly dramatic with her performance of "You're No Good". Simon said there was quite an irony of you singing, you're no good over and over again. Andrew basically destroyed Marvin Gaye's "I Heard it Through the Grapevine"; Simon said he is starting to think that his performance of "Straight Up" was overrated all those weeks ago in Hollywood.

My two favorites of the night were Crystal Bowersox and Aaron Kelly. Crystal gave a soulful performance of "Bobby McGee" by Janis Joplin; Randy said that she is a star and Simon said he would not have changed anything about the performance. Aaron sang the ballad "I Don't Wanna Miss A Thing", a number one by Aerosmith; Kara praised his consistency and Randy said he is a fan.

Lee's performance of "The Letter" was impressive and I can see that he improves every week. Randy said he knocked it out of the box and Ellen compared him to her favorite pen. Kara said he raised the bar for himself and has never sounded better.

Michael and Casey were both acceptable but should definitely try to improve next week. Michael sang "When a Man Loves a Woman" to split reviews of the judges. Casey's choice of "Power of Love" by Huey Lewis was an odd song choice which earned him split reviews as well.

Siobhan, unfortunately, sounded like she was screaming throughout her rendition of "Superstition", made famous by the legendary Stevie Wonder. Simon said that she needs to stop screaming at the end of every performance.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

American Idol Season 9: The Top 8 Guys

Wow! The guys completely surprised me tonight. I really don't care what the judges say because tonight the guys proved that they are the stronger of the two groups, and I think ultimately a guy has a great chance of winning the whole thing this year. Their song selections were better, their voices were stronger, and five out of eight of them played guitar of some sort. Unfortunately a favorite may go home, while someone who should have gone home a long time ago probably will this week.

The show kicked off with Lee Dewyze putting his own spin on the Owl City song "Fireflies"; I actually liked Lee's version better than the original. Randy liked how he made it his own. Kara, like myself, thought it was better than the original. Simon thought Lee was better than the version of the song that he did. Score: 4.6 (out of 5)

Alex Lambert took on Ray LaMontagne's "Trouble"; Randy criticized him and thought it was too fast. Ellen said Alex, unlike most people, consistently gets better, and she loves his vulnerability. Kara thinks the only thing in the way of Alex winning is him and his struggles with confidence. Simon emphasized that once again he needs to learn how to be comfortable. Score: 4.5

Tim Urban sang the famous Jeff Buckley version of "Hallelujah", and for me, it was one of the best performances of the night. Randy said he walked in some big shoes (those of the contestants who performed it before him) and he did a pretty good job. Ellen hugged him and said it was fantastic; she felt bad about being so hard on him in the weeks past. Kara loved the honesty of his interpretation. Simon said terrific, by far his best performance thus far. Score: 5

Andrew Garcia's interpretation of Christina Aguilera's "Genie in a Bottle" left me a little disappointed. Randy said it was pitchy and there wasn't enough range in the song. Ellen liked the end, and commented about how much the viewers love him. Kara said he peaked early and now he has been chasing that performance ever since. Simon agreed with Kara and feels like Andrew is going backwards. I think he chose the wrong Christina song, he should have gone with "Beautiful" or "All I Want is You (Come on Over)". Score: 3.5

I enjoyed the sincerity of Casey James singing "You'll Think of Me" by Keith Urban. Randy felt it was too safe a choice for him, which I disagree with because he sounded good. Ellen thought it was great and positively commented on his comfort level. Kara said she liked it better than last week and said he was singing from his heart; she said what was missing was that spark that he has. Simon praised the sincerity of his performance ans said he sounded great. Score: 4.9

As the youngest contestant left in the competition, Aaron Kelly showed that age doesn't mean you are better. His performance of "I'm Already There" by Lonestar showcased his emotion when singing. Randy thought he sounded good but told him to work on the lower register of his voice. Ellen liked the song but thought the song was too big for him. Kara thought the song was irrelevant for him, saying it is about a man calling his kids. Simon called Kara out and said her statement was complete and utter rubbish, and that she is taking it too literally. He said it was a good vocal, the type of song he should be singing, and he could tell that Aaron was really trying. He also commented that the judges tell the contestants one thing one week, and something different the next and it is driving the contestants crazy unnecessarily. Score: 4.9

Todrick Hall's over the top version of "Somebody to Love" by Queen sounded so pitchy to me; I really think his voice cracked within the first few seconds of the performance. For some reason though, all the judges loved it saying that it was good singing. Simon said he proved that he is a Broadway singer, and that what he did may have saved him. Score: 3

Michael Lynche closed the show with "This Woman's Work" by Maxwell which is honestly one of the most difficult songs to sing by a very stylized artist. Randy said, "Really?"; it was dope and hot. Ellen said it was beautiful. A crying Kara said the song was absolutely relevant for him and that it showed his respect for women by the way he sang it. Simon said it was an incredibly difficult song to sing and he nailed it, best performance of the live shows so far. Score: 5